Better Georgia is in Philadelphia for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Throughout the weeks we’ll share highlights of news coverage and anything we find from progressive allies across the city and on the convention floor.
A Georgia mayor intervenes
The convention got off to a rough start, with Sanders delegates booing and shouting down pro-Clinton speakers. The dissent eased as the night went on, however, and one particular Sanders delegate from Georgia takes some of the credit. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution caught up with Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry, who reminded several delegates in the arena that Sen. Sanders asked his supporters not to boo.
A rising star
Georgia state Representative Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) brought down the house. Abrams is considered one of the brightest young politicians in America, having broken barriers as the first woman and African American to lead the Georgia House Caucus. On Monday night, she talked about her childhood in Mississippi and made her case for Hillary Clinton.
The most progressive platform in history
True to form, Shirley Franklin did the hard work in Philadelphia, co-chairing the platform committee with Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut. The former Atlanta mayor had her moment on the national stage, declaring this year’s Democratic Party Platform to be the most progressive platform in history.